Top 50 Technology Product 2012


Dentistry Today’s third Annual Readers’ Choice Top 50 Technology Products, selected on the basis of lead generation, represent some of the profession’s most innovative technology products.
 

DIAGNOSTIC TIP/LED CURING LIGHT - SDI (North America)

Radii Plus Pro is a diagnostic tip/LED curing light that enables you to work as fast as possible; within seconds, you can change from using the diagnostic tip to the curing light. It has a peak output of 2,100 mW/cm2, ensuring it is one of the most powerful LED lights available today. And with 1,200 ten-second cures, you don’t have to keep recharging the unit. The Radii Plus diagnostic tip lights up those hard-to-see areas to assist in identifying issues such as cracks in cusp and teeth, subgingival fractures, and interproximal decay. Both the LED tip and the diagnostic tip allow the user to twist 360° to whatever position is required. And with the LED at the end of the tip, all energy goes directly to where the user wants it to go, ensuring low heat emission. For more information, call (800) 228-5166 or visit sdi.com.au.





 

ULTRASONIC SCALERS - Vista Dental Products

The Piezo Pilot offers unprecedented power in a quiet, compact, and lightweight design. It presents a variety of power settings that enable clinicians to utilize a wide assortment of tips for procedures ranging from routine
preventative care to severe periodontal cases. Its piezoelectric technology operates in a linear push/pull motion. The result is less patient sensitivity, less heat, and much less water needed. It has one of the widest selections of piezo tips to choose from, it accepts all competitive ultrasonic tips, and it has dedicated amplitude settings for endo, perio, hygiene, post removal, implants, and bone surgery applications. The Pilot is available in 6 colors with ergonomic, autoclavable handpiece sleeves and includes a set of 4 ultrasonic hygiene tips or endodontic tips. For more information, call (877) 418-4782 or visit vista-dental.com.

 

DENTAL ISOLATION SYSTEM - Isolite Systems

Isolite Systems are an easy-to-use alternative to traditional isolation products. The heart of the system is the unique shape and softness of the Isolite mouthpieces. Designed specifically to fit the morphology and physiology of a wide spectrum of patients—from small children to large adults—Iso-lite mouthpieces give you superior isolation for every procedure in your practice. Both Isolite and Isodry systems put you in control of the oral environment—virtually eliminating sources of contamination. Continuous hands-free suction gives you control of oral humidity, moisture, and debris. Retraction of tongue and cheek make for a wide-open working field and incredible access, 2 quadrants at a time. In addition, Isolite systems improve patient safety and comfort. The award-winning Isolite provides five levels of brilliant intraoral illumination; Isodry performs the same functions as Isolite but with no intraoral light. For more information, call (800) 560-6066 or visit the Web site isolitesystems.com.

 

3D IMAGING SYSTEM - Carestream Dental

You can discover a new standard of versatility with the CS 9300. Covering one of the widest arrays of clinical applications on the market, this unit combines 3-D technology with profession-leading panoramic imaging to provide unprecedented diagnostic capabilities—resulting in an all-in-one imaging solution that can adapt to all of your imaging requirements. Seven selectable fields of view and image resolution up to 90 μm gives you greater versatility and the ability to collimate the field of view to suit your patients’ every diagnostic need, while multimodality, panoramic, 3-D, and optional cephalometric imaging, combined with exceptional detail and range, make the CS 9300 the ideal imaging solution. Available in 2 configurations, it offers a choice for every practice depending on your practice needs and budget. For more information, call (800) 944-6365 or visit carestreamdental.com.





 

CURING LIGHT - Ultradent Products

The VALO Broad Spectrum LED curing light features a custom LED pack that produces high-intensity light capable of polymerizing all light-cured dental materials (395 to 480 nm). It can penetrate porcelain and is capable of curing underlying resin cements, similar to a high-quality halogen light. The optimally collimated beam ensures that maximum energy is delivered to the curing site, even at a distance. With a slim 5° head and sleek design, it achieves easy and direct access to all parts of the oral cavity. Machined from aerospace aluminum and offering the latest technology in componentry, it is one of the most powerful and durable curing lights available. The VALO Cordless offers all the benefits of VALO plus the freedom of mobility only achieved with a cordless light. Operating on 2 small, inexpensive, environmentally responsible rechargeable batteries, VALO continues to outshine the competition. For more information, call (800) 552-5512 or visit ultradent.com.

 

TORQUE CONTROL MOTOR - DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties

Designed for rotary and reciprocation instruments, the e3 torque control motor offers quiet operation, and its large, clear, easy-to-read display is preprogrammed for the WaveOne reciprocating file as well as all other DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties’ file settings, including (but not limited to) ProFile Vortex, ProTaper Universal, and PathFile plus 15 other programmable settings. It operates on battery or AC power and in rotary mode offers speed setting from 250 to 1,000 rpm, torque settings from 20 to 410 g-cm, and auto-stop, reverse, and forward. A 6:1 contra-angle (e-type) is included with the unit. For more information, call (800) 662-1202 or visit tulsadentalspecialties.com.

 

CARIES DETECTION AID - Air Techniques

Named “Best of Class” 3 years in a row by the Pride Institute, Spectra is the only caries detection aid with both color and numerical displays to indicate the precise amount of decay. It uses fluorescence technology to enable reliable tooth-by-tooth detection of fissure caries and caries on smooth surfaces that are too small to be detected by an x-ray. Special light intensity LEDs project safe, high-energy, violet-blue light onto the tooth surface. This violet-blue light stimulates metabolites of cariogenic bacteria (called porphyrins) to appear red when viewed on a monitor, while healthy enamel fluoresces green. It can detect decay hidden between the margins of existing composite and amalgam restorations. Adding Spectra to routine procedures will help to avoid unnecessary excavation and boost case acceptance. It can effectively be used during the restorative phase to verify that all caries have been removed. For more information, call (800) AIR-TECH or visit airtechniques.com.

 

CURING LIGHT - Ivoclar Vivadent

The bluephase style combines a new, slim, lightweight design with all the features, power, and efficiency that have made bluephase THE DENTAL ADVISOR’S top-rated LED curing light for the past 3 years (2009 to 2011). Ergonomic, high-powered, and cordless, the bluephase style reduces the strain exerted on the hand and arm while curing, and a newly designed light probe allows for convenient access in hard-to-reach posterior areas. In addition, its inductive charging system makes issues related to battery contacts a thing of the past. The bluephase style is equipped with polywave LED technology, which provides a broadband spectrum of 385 to 515 nm to cure all dental materials known to date. In addition, its Click & Cure function allows for fast and convenient conversion from cordless to corded operation in the event that the battery becomes depleted. For more information, call (800) 533-6825, visit ivoclarvivadent.com, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

OPERATORY LIGHT - A-dec

The award-winning A-dec LED dental light gives you outstanding illuminance, maneuverability, and low cost of ownership. You can reduce shadowing and improve contrast without eyestrain. You can see colors accurately for optimal tissue diagnosis and illuminate without curing. You will have the ability to gain greater control and positionability with 540° of spherical rotation. It features (1) three intensity settings (15,000 lux, 25,000 lux, and 30,000 lux) to provide the right amount of illumination for the task at hand, (2) a color-rendering index rating of more than 90 for accurate color representation, (3) a color temperature of 5,000K to provide daylight-simulated illumination, (4) a yellow cure-safe mode (at 25,000 lux) to inhibit curing of photo-initiated resins, (5) a barycentric pivot, and (6) quiet and trouble-free operation that uses 80% less energy than halogen lights. For more information, visit a-dec.com/led.

 

PULP VITALITY TESTER - Parkell

The new Digitest II encompasses all of the classic features of the original Digitest and more. The device’s microprocessor produces a gentle, pulsed waveform that produces a pulpal response well below the patient’s pain threshold. It performs a self-test every time the unit is turned on to assure that the entire electronic system is functioning properly. It has a selection of rates of stimulus—slow, medium, and fast—all controlled with one-button functionality. The Digitest II is an economical, efficient device for any office. For more information, call (800) 243-7446 or visit parkell.com.



 

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